TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
The first Protestant Episcopal services were held in New Castle in 1843,
at the home of Dr. A. Andrews, who had
settled here in 1834, by the Rev. Dr. White, of
Butler. The parish was organized in 1848, on Easter Monday, the Rev.
Richard Smith being the first rector. The first vestrymen were: J.
M. Crawford, Jonathan Ayres, Esq., Hon. L. L. McGuffin, G. A. Scroggs,
Esq., J. Hamilton, Dr. A. Andrews, George Sloan, J. H. Brown and W. P.
Reynolds. The Rev. Mr. Smith was an
earnest worker and hunted up all the Episcopal families in Lawrence
County and brought many others into the church. Old Trinity Church on
Neshannock Avenue was built in 1856, the corner stone being laid by Bishop
Potter. The present handsome church building was erected in 1902,
and is the only stone church in the city. Of all the rectors of Trinity
Church there are only five now living, namely: The Rev.
W. S. Hayward, the Rev. J. D. Herron,
the Rev. H. H. Barber, the Rev.
C. W. Tyler, Ph.D., and the present rector, the Rev.
J. E. Reilly, D.D. The present membership of the church is 800;
Sunday-schools, 250. The parish maintains a flourishing mission in the
south end of the city, known as St. Andrew's Mission.
Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 223